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  • 26 November 2012, 13:28

Confidential Confetti: 'Police Papers Used'

Officers are investigating after hundreds of shredded police documents were apparently used as confetti during Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

The paper strips are believed to have contained social security numbers, bank account details, workers' ID numbers as well as a police report about a pipe bomb.

Authorities were alerted by parade-goer Ethan Finkelstein and Nassau County Police is looking into the matter after the confetti appeared to come from that force.

Mr Finkelstein said: "There were thousands of pieces of white confetti paper all around us.

"We just picked up a handful and started going through it and we noticed there were more social security numbers, more addresses and phone numbers."

There were also thought to be mentions of former presidential challenger Mitt Romney's motorcade visible.

This was seen as probably a reference to his appearance at Hofstra University for a presidential debate in October.

Mr Finkelstein, 18, said he was watching the parade at 65th Street and Central Park West last Thursday when he and a friend noticed a strip of confetti stuck onto her coat.

"It landed on her shoulder," he told PIX11 News, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre'.

"There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, licence plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

One confetti strip reportedly indicated that it was from an arrest record, and other strips offered more detail.

"This is really shocking," Mr Finkelstein said. "It says, 'At 4:30am a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant area."

Nassau County Police's Inspector Kenneth Lack said: "The department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents."

Parade sponsor Macy's said it uses "commercially manufactured, multicolour confetti, not shredded paper".

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